Reto Schmid

Though the current state of things is keeping Haim from releasing their new album as planned, it hasn't stopped the sister trio from treating fans to new music.

Following a handful of singles over the summer and the swaying rock number "The Steps" earlier this year, Danielle, Este, and Alana Haim have shared "I Know Alone," an aptly-titled synth pop number that takes the band to their grooviest territory.

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The 9 Best JRPGs of the PS4 Era

The modern boom of JRPGs

Square Enix

They don't make JRPGs like they used to, but maybe that's a good thing.

While classic JRPGs thrived during the PlayStation 1 era and saw major innovations during the PlayStation 2 era, the PlayStation 3 era marked a major fall from grace for the genre. Save for a few major titles like Dark Souls and Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, fresh JRPG releases had grown increasingly scarce, and even the more major titles like Final Fantasy XIII were plagued by mixed reviews.

But with the PlayStation 4, JRPGs have seen a return to prominence. Sure, there may not be as many individual releases of bizarre, unheard of IPs like there were during the PS1 era, but PS4 era JRPGs have more than made up for quantity with quality. These are the best-of-the-best:

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Iceage Turn Cabin Fever into Gnarly Post-Punk with "Lockdown Blues"

It's the Danish band's first new music since their fantastic 2018 album, Beyondless.

WIth so many folks being forced to stay in their homes, songs about being isolated due to coronavirus are aplenty.

Danish rock band Iceage are the latest to share a song about social distancing and its woes. Entitled "Lockdown Blues," it's hardly the first track to emerge about coronavirus; Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and punk trio Control Top have both already shared quarantine-related tunes. Iceage's first new song since their excellent 2018 record Beyondless, "Lockdown Blues," is plainspokenly grim and frustrated, reminding us of the pandemic's wrath even across the pond.

"The only way out is through / A wraithlike peril spread across our seven seas / Empty shelves in barren streets," wails frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt in the chorus, making the pandemic sound surprisingly poetic before a rollicking breakdown takes over the track's latter half. "How the itching for lost touch is deafening."

"We've felt the urge to touch base now that the physical touch has been suspended and contribute an effort to raise spirit In the face of adversity," the band wrote on social media. "Our thoughts are with all those in jeopardy to the many various horrors in relation to the crisis, those situated on the front lines and those who are direly compromised. Stay safe, take care and keep up the good fight."

Furthermore, all Bandcamp profits of "Lockdown Blues" will be donated to Médecins Sans Frontières (AKA Doctors Without Borders). Buy the song here, and check out the lyric video below:

Iceage - Lockdown Blues (Lyric Video)